Firehouse Dog

Firehouse Dog

5.0 3
Director: Todd Holland

Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mihok


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Hollywood's hottest canine commodity has gotten hopelessly lost after wandering away from his master, and now the former movie star has become the beacon of hope for a small-town firehouse on the verge of collapse. Rex is the dog that every child in America has fallen in love with. A pompous A-list barker whose list of perks overshadows that of even the most esteemed…  See more details below


Hollywood's hottest canine commodity has gotten hopelessly lost after wandering away from his master, and now the former movie star has become the beacon of hope for a small-town firehouse on the verge of collapse. Rex is the dog that every child in America has fallen in love with. A pompous A-list barker whose list of perks overshadows that of even the most esteemed Hollywood actor, Rex 's fate takes an unexpected turn when a skydiving stunt goes awry and his handlers assume that their cash-canine has perished as a result. Now, despite being very much alive, the former doggie diva has become just another mangy stray wandering the streets in search of a home. Lost in an unfamiliar city and pursued by animal control, Rex seeks refuge in a run down building that soon goes up in flames. Shane Fahey (Josh Hutcherson) is a rebellious preteen whose single-parent father, Connor (Bruce Greenwood), is struggling to care for his son and cope with the death of his brother, the former captain of the local fire department. Pressed with the responsibility of getting the crumbling inner-city fire house back in working order while helping his 12-year-old son deal with the untimely loss of a beloved family member, Connor just can't seem to convince Shane to keep his grades up and stop ditching school. Upon rescuing the unidentified Rex from the four-alarm blaze, Connor attempts to teach young Shane the meaning of responsibility by charging him with the task of locating the dog's owner. Despite an initial clash of personalities, the headstrong mutt and the disobedient adolescent soon form a strong bond. Subsequently adopted as the scrappy fire department's new mascot, Rex proves just the catalyst needed to reenergize the dejected firefighters and reform the once-tenuous bond between father and son.

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If you're justifiably wondering how a movie called Firehouse Dog clocks in at a whopping 111 minutes, consider all they're trying to squeeze in: a boy and his dog movie, a boy and his dad movie, a Hollywood satire, a workplace buddy comedy, a mystery surrounding arson, and a romantic angle featuring a love interest for almost every character, including the dog. Somehow, it works -- sort of, eventually. Firehouse Dog sputters out of the gate, when the titular pooch -- a canine actor named Rexxx, known for his signature hairpiece -- survives a fall out of an airplane, then wanders into the precinct of a local firehouse. Here he participates in numerous slapstick shenanigans, many of which involve digitally grafting facial expressions on the dog, which range from merely goofy to downright grotesque. During this inauspicious first act, there's a manufactured hatred between the fire captain's son (Josh Hutcherson) and Rexxx, straight out of any romantic comedy where the romantic leads initially despise each other. But Todd Holland's unwieldy mess starts to take shape sometime in the second act, and that's thanks in large part to the focus on the father-son story, touchingly executed by two solid actors: Hutcherson and Bruce Greenwood. Greenwood has too much gravitas to keep getting stuck in kids movies (he also appeared in Racing Stripes and Eight Below), but here at least he's reunited with Steven Culp, after Culp and Greenwood both memorably played Kennedy brothers in the considerably more adult-oriented Thirteen Days. In the second act the arson story also takes hold, and the dog actually starts growing on us - first tolerable, then sympathetic. The Hollywood satire stuff never works that well, except for the names of the fake movies Rexxx stars in, such as Jurassic Bark and The Fast and the Furriest.

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Special Features

Dog Treats featurettes; Firehouse Dog: A True Hollywoof Story featurette; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; Storyboard-to-screen comparison with optional director's commentary; Alternate opening scene animatic with optional director/writers/producers commentary; Fox Movie Channel presents Casting Session; Humane Society OSA with Josh Hutcherson; Dogster photo montage; Canine star poster gallery; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hutcherson Shane Fahey
Bruce Greenwood Connor Fahey
Dash Mihok Trey Falcon
Steven Culp Zachary Hayden
Bill Nunn Joe Musto
Bree Turner Liz Knowles
Scotch Ellis Loring Lionel Bradford
Mayte Garcia Pep Clemente
Teddy Sears Terence Kahn
Arwen Rexxx,Dewey
Hannah Lochner Jasmine "J.J." Presley
Claudette Mink Captain Jessie Presley
Jean-Michel Frodon Rexxx,Dewey
Eamon Rohan Rexxx,Dewey
Stryder Rexxx,Dewey

Technical Credits
Todd Holland Director
Mike Armstrong Stunts
Ron Bell Stunts
Dan Belley Stunts
Brad Bunn Stunts
Chad Camileri Stunts
Jeff Cardoni Score Composer
Shane Cardwell Stunts
Michael Colleary Producer,Screenwriter
Scott Cook Stunts
Joshu de Cartier Set Decoration/Design
Tamara Deverell Production Designer
Wayne Downer Stunts
Acme Special Effects Special Effects
Henry Embry Sound/Sound Designer
Judith R. Gellman Costumes/Costume Designer
Tina Gerussi Casting
Mitch Glick Associate Producer
Victor Hammer Cinematographer
Curtis Hibbert Stunts
Libby Hodgson Asst. Director
Patrick Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Blair Johannes Stunts
Lisse Keeling Stunts
Patricia Keighran Makeup
Meg Liberman Casting
Claire-Dee Lim Screenwriter
Aleks Marinkovich Art Director
Darren Marsman Stunts
Joachim Martin Camera Operator
Michael J. Maschio Co-producer
Layton Morrison Stunts
Nick Nolan Stunts
Billy Oliver Stunts
Sue Parker Stunts
Camille Patton Casting
Ed Queffelec Stunts
Robert Racki Stunts
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Michael M. Soos Camera Operator
Michael Spicer Camera Operator
John Stoneham Stunts
Brian Thomas Stunts
Robert Thomas Stunts
Alicia Turner Stunts
Len Wagner Stunts
Scott James Wallace Editor
Mike Werb Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Firehouse Dog [FS]
1. Temperamental Star [6:22]
2. Playing Hooky [5:23]
3. Dangerous Rescue [8:04]
4. Dog Duty [5:59]
5. This Is My House [3:10]
6. Loss of a Legend [4:15]
7. Surprise Entry [7:56]
8. Responsilbility [3:54]
9. Lifesaving Rescue [10:23]
10. Rest in Peace [2:43]
11. Firehouse Dog [3:23]
12. Real Strength [7:31]
13. Trey Claims His Dog [6:09]
14. Underhanded Plan [2:25]
15. True Calling [3:17]
16. Decoy Fire [3:32]
17. Firebug [2:48]
18. Dewey to the Rescue [5:46]
19. Saving Shane [1:55]
20. Justice [1:36]
21. Award Ceremony [1:34]
22. Wonder Dog [1:52]
23. The New Dogpatch [2:37]
24. My Dog/End Titles [8:23]


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Firehouse Dog 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this one at the theatre with my 4 year old brother and a friend. We absolutly loved it!!!!! This DVD will be released on July 31st 2007 And speaking of which my birthday is on July 31st so in addition, I'm gonna buy the DVD for my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got to see this movie 2 times over spring break and I have been wating forever for it to come out. It's such a good movie and enjoyable for little children, preteens, teenagers like me and even adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago